Photograph taken today at Dalton Cemetery on my iPhone.
Here I have adapted a technique used by Miguel Vallinas Prieto into a fashion outcome by combining an image of a deer’s head (photo not my own) onto a backstage photo from Versace Fall 2008 (photo not my own). I think the idea works very well and is something different compared with usual fashion photographs. However, it would be good to research another artist to develop my own style using this idea and not just mimic Miguel Vallinas Prieto’s work/style. Although the photographs work well together, it would be good to gather my own sources also. To develop my work further I plan to take some of my own photographs and experiment with different styles whilst still using the theme of animals in fashion in order to promote my own garment.
Developing machine stitched work into conceptual pieces.
Experimenting with both hand and machine stitch into vintage photography.
Reflecting Upon My Progress
Reflecting upon my first idea for my ‘Grunge’ inspired outfit, I feel as though I have come up with a photograph which is ascetically attractive through using inspiration from Blumenfeld to use white space to promote key features and colours. However, within my work I would like to push the idea of using a mixture of classic and contemporary more and I feel my idea needs to be challenged further. To challenge my idea I would like to include more research by looking at another artist/photographer to inspire my studies. Studying Blumenfeld has been beneficial however and I would like to continue with using the idea of using simplicity to really highlight key features to my Grunge outfit. In order to gain a similar style to Blumenfeld, I have used tools such as adobe photoshop and illustrator on a sample image (above) which have been helpful as much of Blumenfeld’s work carries an illustrative quality. Within the photo I’ve produced, I like how I have kept only the lips on the face and coloured the rest of the face in white to coordinate with the white background in true Blumenfeld style.To develop my work further for this garment and it’s promotion I plan to look at artist Maurizio Anzeri who has more of a clash between classic and contemporary in his work.
I began a new pathways project the other week where the brief involved me taking inspiration from my trip to London and applying it to my chosen pathway. Above is an A6 scrapbook I’ve filled with lots of things from my trip to help me get my ideas together and easily locate inspiration. (The cover was created through using negative films from my disposable used from the trip, photographs that didn’t develop very good and a sample of some hand-made paper bought from Paperchase.
For my project I have decided to create four different postcards promoting my own fashion label through the use of my four A-level garments. Each postcard shall take a different inspiration from my London trip in which I have chosen: ceramics/pottery (inspired by the group collective AW13/14), animals (inspired by the Saber gallery and vintage shop displays), classical/contemporary (inspired by Sally Fuerst’s work ‘YOLO’ and ‘POP’ and eclectic mix (inspired by the ‘Hello My Name Is Paul Smith’ exhibition at the Design Museum).
I have four themes that were used to inspire my A-level garments: Folklore, 1990’s Grunge, Weddings and Human Anatomy.
As well as this I would like to produce my own graphic design/promotion material for my own label including things like logos, social networking banners, bags, clothing labels etc. I realise that this is quite a big project, but hopefully if i get my time management right and nothing unexpected pops up it should be achievable!
The next stage of my project is to begin researching promotors/photographers of fashion & artists and begin creating some samples before decided on final conclusions for my postcards. I’ll hopefully be using tumblr to review/evaluate any samples i do for this project from now on so apologies if it doesn’t all make sense as most of it will be documented in my journal!
It’s been a while since I last posted about my costume design project but I’m happy to say that we had a fitting with the clients the other day and everything fits perfectly! I finished off the dresses by applying the zip last week and they were whizzed off by The Ashton Group yesterday evening. I was so happy with the end result and so were the theatre group with all of the costumes not just mine! I’m sure the production will be fantastic.
Some old old old fashion photographs from way back in 2011. I’ve only just managed to edit them properly now! Shame I forgot about them as I actually quite like them. I’m sure they were taken inspired by Meadham Kirchoff for one of my first media projects at college.
Styling, Hair and Make-up, Photographer : Olivia Miller
Model : Alice Hazlett
So I just got back from an art trip to London with my FAD group the other week. The trip was so beneficial as we visited so many independent galleries, well known museums (the V&A is now my most favourite place) and exhibitions such as ‘Hello My Name Is Paul Smith’ held in the Design Museum and ‘Fashion Galore’ exhibiting Isabella Blow’s iconic streak within the fashion industry. This happened to be held in Somerset house in Covent Garden; somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit! It was nice to go to London and see so many different things. I usually get sucked into being your typical consumer trailing around shop after shop, which is nice, but it was good to really see things which inspired me as a creative. Above is a photograph taken on my disposable camera of me and my fellow fashion students in Shoreditch, my favourite area within London. (I will post some more photos soon). For now I’m back to my projects on my Foundation course continuing on with my Surrealism design project and also starting a new project which I will begin posting soon. As well as this i hope to keep experimenting and pushing my own personal work so expect a mixture of posts.
So I’ve completed my first design idea with samples. I was particularly inspired by surrealist painter Rene Magritte; especially his painting above named ‘The Great War’ in which the image of a woman is distorted by placing flowers over her face. It was from this that I was inspired to inverse this idea. Above I created samples where I collaged women’s faces from magazines, scanned and printed this onto fabric and then used a reverse appliqué technique behind floral fabric to make it seem as though the faces were replacing petals and flower heads. I am quite happy with the sample though for an even better result I would shrink the collage I created in photoshop to make the faces more visible behind the flowers. Also, as I have designed this technique only down the left hand side of the garment I think it would be beneficial to maybe print my own fabric for the entire garment, florals included, as if I didn’t I would have to use an appliqué technique to apply the reverse appliqué technique which could lose my desired effect with ‘too much going on’.
-Satin short floaty sleeves in a white sheen.
-100% Cotton in light blue for the main dress
-Cotton flower heads around the neck (comfortable against the skin)
-Elegant button back
Working back into collograph samples even further with stitch and fabric paints. Really love the results.
So it has been back to college for me this week and I have been cracking on with my Pathways stage project where I have been given a brief to research and design a capsule collection consisting of a dress, skirt and top for SS14. The collection will be sold online to young women and in various boutiques. It is to be influenced by the designer’s inspirations and interests.
Immediately my first ideas were to promote British culture during summertime as the brief mentions heavily the fact that ‘Cumbrian’ designers have been asked and that the collection is to be sold worldwide…why not promote 'Britishness'? Paul Smith is also heavily influencing me at the moment. However, another interest of mine stemming from current SS14 trends is the whole ‘art is fashion’ and thought it would be interesting to study Surrealism after modern illustrator/artist Hattie Stewart’s work caught my eye.
Firstly, I decided to do two shop reports on SS14 by Topshop Unique and Paul Smith to decipher the season’s colours and fabrics…after all their target audience will be very similar to my own. Doing this helped me get the ball rolling with my project and helped inspire me to create my own trend to base my capsule collection from, in which I have named it 'Brit Surrealism'.
(Photos in order of appearance: Paul Smith logo; Topshop Unique SS14; Paul Smith Womenswear SS14; Cara Delevingne modelling Chanel SS14; Hattie Stewart’s surreal doodles on the cover of Lula magazine)